Hormel Foods Corporation today announced the recipients of this year’s pair of $10,000 Hormel Heroes Scholarships. The Hormel Heroes Scholarship Program, created by Hormel Foods to support students with military backgrounds pursuing degrees in culinary arts or foodservice management, is administered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF). Mark Ourada, group vice president of Hormel Foods Foodservice congratulated this year’s scholarship recipients, Christina Gilman and Angela Thompson, and thanked them for their service.
Gilman is a sergeant serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as a 3381 foodservice specialist aboard Camp Pendleton. She is in the second year of her program at American Public University, majoring in hospitality management with a concentration in foodservice. Upon completion, she will earn a bachelor’s degree and a certificate in restaurant operations.
Thompson is a military veteran who served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. She is pursuing an associate’s degree in hospitality management from St. Louis Community College. She currently manages a bed-and-breakfast and aspires to open her own establishment someday.